Yesterday as pubs and bars reopened Cleveland Police received 40 separate reports of disorder at licensed premises.

Six people were arrested in connection with offences including being drunk and disorderly.

Three men were issued with dispersal notices in Middlesbrough town centre, meaning that they cannot return to the area for 24 hours otherwise they are in breach of the order and could be arrested.

Officers also dispersed over 200 people at an illegal rave in a wooded area in Eston.

Superintendent Emily Harrison said: “I would like to thank the majority of people who behaved sensibly and stuck to the guidance in place to help protect us from coronavirus.

“Sadly, there were a minority who did not behave appropriately and police received over 40 reports of disorder at licensed premises, officers arrested six people and gave three people direction to leave Middlesbrough town centre for 24 hours or risk being arrested for breaching the order. Police also dispersed a large scale illegal rave with the assistance of the National Police Air Service.

“We would again like to urge people who may be going out visiting pubs to enjoy themselves but to stay safe, plan their journey’s and know their limits.”